Bali Chess Tournament attracts 400 athletes from 20 Asian countries
Badung, Bali (ANTARA) – Governor of Bali Wayan Koster has officially opened the 2022 Asian Youth Chess Championship (AYCC) in Bali, which is attended by 400 teenage chess athletes from 20 Asian countries.
“As the Governor of Bali, representing the government and people of Bali, I express my deepest gratitude to the President of PB Percasi (the Executive Board of the Indonesian Chess Federation), who chose Bali as the venue for the competition. “, did he declare.
The 2022 AYCC can help bolster the island’s image as a global tourist destination, he observed on Saturday.
The championship would be beneficial in reviving Bali‘s tourism and economy, which have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic for more than two years, he noted.
At the same time, he thanked Percasi for the positive impact he had in Bali.
The competition started on Friday and will end on October 22, 2022 in Kuta. Several countries like Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Thailand and the Philippines have sent players for the championship.
Koster said he expects the tournament to motivate young people, including young people from Bali, to practice chess so they can become skilled players.
The province is specifically expected to produce resilient chess players capable of competing at national and international levels, he added.
The Asian Youth Chess Championship 2022 is held at Grand Inna Kuta Hotel. Indonesia sent 124 chess athletes in KU-8, KU-10, KU-12, KU-14, KU-16 and KU-18 age categories for the competition.
The winners of the championship will have the chance to participate in the Junior World Championship. The privilege can be used once in the year following the year of qualification.
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